Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cute as a Bug

 Little red bug, oh so cute
Here's a black spot for your suit...
~ Susan M. Paprocki
Cute little bugs make great images for my creative greeting cards
Maybe you've received one of my cards over the years.  Business is slow, but I still love a good doodle bug!!!
From the fun facts I learned, Lady Bugs are really part of the beetle family.  There are over 4,000 types and their color can be the most popular red, to orange and yellow. Being the bright colors they are, they warn predators that they are not a tasty choice for dinner.  They secrete a stinky yellow puss from their knee joints to warn others to stay away!!  (Beetle Juice)
Sticky feet help them climb up stems of flowers and on the underside of leaves. As part of our circle of life, they eat our plant pests aphids. Farmers love to have ladybugs on their crops.
Unless you have a net to catch butterflies or a jar to catch fireflies... it's not really a good thing to catch a bug
I'm getting mixed answers doing a small bit of research, but there is a phrase some use I 'caught a nasty bug'. Is it a good excuse to use when you just don't want to go out?  Or did they really come down with some strange illness? 
Years ago before the study of microorganisms, people thought they got sick by infected little bugs that flew around.
Cute get well cards often use they phrase.... heard you caught a bug.... and the doodle is some bug with goggle eyes, thermometer sticking out of it's mouth and a cold compress on it's head.
Ladybug ladybug fly away home,
Your house in on fire and your children are gone,
All except one and that's little Ann,
For she crept under the frying pan.
Nursery rhymes are a nice way to learn stories, poems and how to rhyme, but when you really examine how they came to be, sometimes the stem from a terrible tragedy. Read more here.
Week #24 - LIFE'S simple pleasures - bugs (beetles) they help complete the circle of LIFE
Lady bugs all dressed in red
Strolling through the flower bed.
If I were tiny just like you
I'd creep among the flowers too!
~Maria Fleming

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